Saltaire railway station

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Saltaire station p2 a.jpg
Looking down the entrance ramp
LocationSaltaire, City of Bradford
Coordinates53°50′19″N 1°47′25″W / 53.8385°N 1.7904°W / 53.8385; -1.7904Coordinates: 53°50′19″N 1°47′25″W / 53.8385°N 1.7904°W / 53.8385; -1.7904
Grid referenceSE138380
Managed byNorthern Trains
Transit authorityWest Yorkshire (Metro)
Other information
Station codeSAE
Fare zone3
ClassificationDfT category F1
Original companyMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
May 1856opened
20 March 1965closed
9 April 1984reopened
2015/16Increase 0.880 million
2016/17Increase 0.913 million
2017/18Decrease 0.903 million
2018/19Decrease 0.900 million
2019/20Decrease 0.887 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Saltaire railway station serves the village of Saltaire near Shipley in West Yorkshire, England. It is situated 3 12 miles (6 km) north of Bradford Forster Square.


The original station was opened in May 1856 by the Midland Railway, which had absorbed the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway between Shipley and Colne in 1851. It closed on 20 March 1965 following the Beeching Axe, but West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and British Rail reopened it on 9 April 1984.[1] The current station has wooden platforms and waiting shelters (though these are stone-built rather than the metal and plexiglass designs used elsewhere). Its predecessor was of more substantial stone construction, with buildings on each platform; these were demolished in 1970, five years after the station closed.[2]

The station is on the Airedale line, between Bradford and Leeds, and Skipton. It is a busy commuter station both for passengers travelling to Leeds and Bradford and for staff in companies based in Salt's Mill, as well as serving tourists visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site at Saltaire.

The lower station of the Shipley Glen Tramway is about half a mile from Saltaire Station. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal, River Aire and Roberts Park, Saltaire are also close by.


Though unstaffed, the station has ticket machines available. There is step-free access to both platforms via ramps from the street above.[3] Train running information can be obtained via digital information screens, timetable posters and an automated P.A system.


During Monday to Saturday daytime, there is a half-hourly service to both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square in one direction and four trains an hour towards Skipton. Evenings there is a half-hourly service to Leeds, an hourly service to Bradford Forster Square and three trains per hour to Skipton.[4]

On Sundays there is an hourly service to Leeds and to Bradford Forster Square, with two trains per hour to Skipton. The first departures from Leeds to both Lancaster and Carlisle also call here.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Shipley   Northern Trains
Airedale Line
  Historical railways  
Shipley   Midland Railway
Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway


  1. ^ Whitaker, Alan (1986). Bradford Railways Remembered. Clapham: Dalesman Books. p. 12. ISBN 0852068700.
  2. ^ Saltaire Railway Station Saltaire Stories; Retrieved 29 November 2016
  3. ^ Saltaire station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 29 November 2016
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 2019 Edition, Table 36


  • Bairstow, Martin. Railways Through Airedale & Wharfedale. ISBN 1-871944-28-7.
  • Chapman, Stephen. Railway Memories No. 7: Airedale & Wharfedale. Bellcode books. ISBN 1-871233-05-4.

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